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PDX Summit: Social Innovation EditionOctober 2015, Portland
Keynoted a summit about the future of Portland, bringing together more than 200 founders, makers, community leaders, and specialists for a day-long conversation about the Social Innovation movement.
Emerging Languages 2014 – September 2014, St Louis
Co-organizing the fifth year of the showcase for emerging programming languages, this year in conjunction with the Future Programming Workshop. Hosted by Strange Loop, an annual conference that brings together the applied computer science community.
Reconsidering StartupsNovember 2013, San Francisco
A presentation to DevBeat. The third and final iteration of my talk on the history, present, and future of Silicon Valley-style startups.
Reconsidering StartupsOctober 2013, Portland, Maine
A presentation to Monktoberfest. A refined version of the talk given at TechFestNW in September 2013.
Emerging Languages 2013September 2013, St Louis
Organizing the fourth year of this showcase for emerging programming languages. Hosted by Strange Loop, an annual conference that brings together the applied computer science community.
Reconsidering StartupsSeptember 2013, Portland, Oregon
A presentation to TechFestNW. Slides available above.
Nobody ever got fired for picking JavaMay 2013, New York
A presention to RICON East.
Splitting up your web appNovember 2012, New York
A tech talk at the offices of Paperless Post, drawing from experiences working with students at Hacker School.
The perils and rewards of working on stuff that matters – October 2012, Brooklyn
A presentation to Brooklyn Beta.
Emerging Languages 2012September 2012, St Louis
Organizing the third year of this showcase for emerging programming languages. Now associated with Strange Loop, an annual conference that brings together the applied computer science community.
Emerging Languages: A Tour of the HorizonApril 2012, Philadelphia
A keynote at the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference showcasing a number of interesting new programming languages while arguing for an open-minded, exploratory approach to language adoption.
Onward! 2011October 2011, Portland
Member of the program committee for this conference on the “multidisciplinarity of software development”.
Emerging Languages 2011July 2011, Portland
This time around, Emerging Languages operated as an official track at OSCON, which I chaired.
Building Teams and Selecting TechnologyDecember 2010, Portland
A presentation to the PDX Lean Startup Circle.
Emerging Languages Camp 2010July 2010, Portland
Organized the first annual gathering of programming language innovators with a focus on relatively new languages and techniques.
Why Scala and Scala in Practice – July 2010, Portland
Joint presentations to OSCON’s Scala Summit.
Scala at Twitter – May 2010, Portland
A presentation to Portland Code Camp.
The Why and How of Scala at Twitter – April 2010, San Francisco
A presentation to Chirp, the Official Twitter Developer Conference.
Building Distributed Systems in ScalaApril 2010, Philadelphia
A presentation to the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference
Speedy, Stable, and Secure: Better Web Applications Through Functional Languages – February 2010, Miami
A presentation to the Future of Web Apps Conference.
Keynote: Mind the Tools – November 2009, Perth
An address to the Edge of the Web Conference.
Keynote: On Simplicity – October 2009, St Louis
An address to the Strange Loop Conference.
Twitter API 2.0: A View Into the Platform RoadmapSeptember 2009, Los Angeles
A presentation to 140: The Twitter Conference.
Keynote: The Business Value of Twitter – May 2009, Mountain View
An address to 140: The Twitter Conference.
The Interaction Design of APIs (video) – April 2009, Palo Alto
A presentation to Stanford’s Human-Computer Interaction Seminar.
Why Scala for Web 2.0? – April 2009, San Francisco
A presentation to the Web 2.0 Expo.
The Twitter APIFebruary 2009, San Francisco
A presentation to Adobe Systems employees.
The Twitter API: Where’s It Going? – February 2009, San Francisco
A presentation to the San Francisco Mobile 2.0 Meetup with Matt Sanford.
Twitter ♥ Scala – October 2008, San Francisco
A presentation to the Bay Area Scala Enthusiasts with Steve Jenson and Robey Pointer.
Why Scala?August 2008, Chicago
A presentation to the C4 independent Mac developer conference.
Designing Your API – April 2008, San Francisco
A presentation to the Web 2.0 Expo with Mike Migurski.
Twitter at BarCampMarch 2008, Austin
A presentation to BarCamp Austin with Blaine Cook and Ben Fullerton.
Scaling Twitter – May 2007, Portland
A presentation to RailsConf with Britt Selvitelle.
Securing Rails: A Whole-Stack Approach – September 2006, London
A presentation to RailsConf Europe.
Protecting Public Hotspots – September 2003, San Diego
A presentation to ToorCon with Philip Leif Bjerknes.